Date of release: 15 September 2021
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has unveiled a new CT scanner, which has been installed in New Cross Hospital’s Emergency Department and has now scanned its first patient.
The state-of-the-art scanner, which cost over £600,000 and was installed over a two-week period, has been shipped all the way from Japan. The machine has the latest imaging technology which generates the highest quality images at the lowest possible x-ray dose.
JJ Smith, Radiographer, with the new scanner
Glen Whitehouse, Group Manager for Diagnostic Services, explained: “CT scans can produce detailed images of many structures inside the body, including the internal organs, blood vessels and bones. The new scanner will offer rapid imaging of the brain to help plan treatment options for stroke patients, while also giving detailed whole-body imaging to aid diagnosis of fractures, organ damage and disruption of blood flow.
“CT scanners have a number of tools (algorithms) they can use in various complex combinations to improve image quality and keep dose low. Normally these tools are used in pre-set combinations based on standard calculations and assumptions. Something called artificial intelligence understands what ‘good’ looks like and so can make judgements and decisions – similar to a human – on what combination of tools are optimising the image and dose. It can do this far quicker and more accurately than any human could, achieving exceptional results, every time.”
The installation of the scanner included complex cabling and the calibration of new IT software. Now up and running, the scanner is working efficiently, with reduced noise and at a much safer level of radiation.
Stuart Simper, Head of Operational Radiology, said: “Radiation is of course harmful, so being able to work with lower doses is really important as this puts our patients at reduced risk. And while reducing risk, we are able to enhance the experience for patients as the new machine, being more efficient, will provide a more comfortable experience.”
Training on the scanner is now being provided to radiology staff who are working with a new and improved interface on the computer systems. And in order to ensure staff are knowledgeable on the new scanner’s capabilities, the training covers a wide range of body imaging (beyond critical care conditions).
Gwen Nuttall, Chief Operating Officer for the Trust, added: “By investing in the latest scanning facilities, we can improve the speed of diagnosis and treatment for our patients. We expect this scanner will see an average of 20 patients a day and an enhanced turnaround of results will support our urgent care teams to work quickly with clear and detailed images to hand. I am excited for the Trust to now be able to offer the most advanced technology in CT scanning.”
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